Why were there empty seats at the concert when you said it was sold out?

13 January 2015

Of the 5,300 seats in the Royal Albert Hall, roughly 1,300 are privately owned by the Members. This has been the case since the Hall was built in the reign of Queen Victoria and the Members make an annual contribution to the running costs of the Hall. Only in special circumstances are their seats made available to promoters, and rarely for concerts. So if a Member does not attend a particular concert, and does not sell his/her seat(s) back to the Hall or to a third party, the seats remain empty.

Why were there empty seats at the concert when you said it was sold out?